POLICE are cracking down on diesel thefts in the Lockyer Valley as part of Operation Mike-Bloodstone.
Laidley Police together with the Gatton Criminal Investigation Branch and the Lockyer Valley Regional Council are targeting diesel theft which is on the increase.
Laidley Police Sergeant David Grave said the operation had been running for the past four weeks and will continue for up to five months.
"Six weeks ago we noticed that we were starting to lose a lot of diesel," he said.
"We think the offenders are selling the diesel at a really reduced rate."
He said the thefts were happening at road work sites, council vehicles and at rural properties.
"There is a core group of offenders that have been caught and three people are before the court," Sergeant Grave said.
The offenders have been charged with stealing, trespass, unlawful entry as well as possession of property suspected of being stolen.
A stealing charge can carry a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.
Recently, 600 litres of diesel was taken from a locked petrol cap of a truck parked overnight at Rusty's service station.
Sergeant Grave encouraged everyone to report suspicious behaviour or vehicles and also recommended installing cameras at diesel points.
He said it was important for those who had diesel in vehicles to know how much they had and report any thefts to police.
If you have a theft or notice suspicious behaviour, contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.
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